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Johnny Fox – AKA BC Johnny – is a Brit living in Canada who’s happiest when all he has to do is read, write and run. Honing a career as a UK sports hack in his 20’s, Johnny headed back to school at 29 to earn a sports science degree. Which seemed like a good idea at the time. And now, majestically adorns his mum’s dining room wall. Since emigrating to Canada in 2006 he’s scratched a living as a freelance journalist. Now, recently turned 40, he’s decided dancing on destitution's lap ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. So he’s embarked on a comedy writing career, which he's sure will earn him millions. First in Italian lira, then dollars and pounds. He's now based in Canada's eastern quarter – where he continues to read, write and run. And fuel his addiction to chilled almonds.
on Sep. 03, 2013 :
The hilarious short stories in Chilled Almonds will help you navigate the most challenging of life's conundrums, such as finding a good swimming pool, ordering a drink at Starbucks, or chatting up a member of the opposite sex.
While such challenges leave many people in tears, Johnny Fox chooses to look at them from a humorous perspective. His advice is often more funny than practical, but overall I think this book will leave the reader better able to face life's struggled, armed with a sense of humour, optimism, and adventure.
Some of my favorite parts included reminiscing on "The Littlest Hobo," a Canadian TV show about a heroic dog. While personally I find the littlest hobo very cute and amusing as he tries to do human-like things with his paws, Johnny Fox sees him as a personal role model. This is both funny and inspiring, as the author portrays himself as the lone hero, traversing vast continents and never staying long in one place.
A study in disgusting swimming pools was another favorite.
Johnny Fox definitely has some peculiarities, and the collection allows us to get to know him. Some of the stories focus on these peculiarities, while others deal with everyday experiences that everyone can relate to and laugh at. It's a good mix, or should I say, bag of mixed nuts?
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)